I enjoy wine alot but I know absolutely nothing about them! I honestly couldn’t decipher between a very expensive bottle and an average priced one. I go by the taste and the feeling it gives me. And from what I have been told, I’m not that off base. A good wine shouldn’t necessarily break the bank and CHF30 should get you a very decent quality.
Since I’m surrounded by friends who are extremely wine savvy, I would like to educate myself and learn at least some of the basics. And rather than doing it alone, I’d like to share my discoveries with you!
Let’s start with our first wine tip – how to choose the right glass?
Believe it or not, the wine will taste differently in each glass. “Some glass shapes will mute the flavor, some will emphasize scents, some won’t showcase the wine’s scents at all. But don’t panic – all you need is a few good glasses to match your wine drinking habits.” (Juice.clubw)
- White wine: select smaller glasses to keep them from warming up before being consumed.
- Red wine: select larger glasses so the wine has room to breathe and develop its flavors.
I found this great chart on Juice.clubw which clearly breaks it down. It should help identify the different styles based on our needs.
Now let’s practice!
Moevenpick Wine Bar offers a pretty decent selection of wine with decent prices.
Nüschelerstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich
La Razzia Bar, as per my previous post, La Razzia is a place to hang out, mingle but also try great wines. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly so don’t hesitate to ask questions (of course not while scores of people wait to be served at the bar!) But do not expect cheap deals!!
Seefeldstrasse 82, 8008 Zürich
Cafe Boy, restaurant tucked away in Kreis 4, has proven to be a great surprise. I will dedicate a separate post with details soon. But for the purpose of this theme, Cafe Boy not only has a wide selection of wine but is fully knowledgeable on wine pairing.
Kochstrasse 2, 8004 Zürich
Moevenpick Wine Store is one of the leading wine stores in Switzerland with stores across the country and nearly 1,000 wines from 16 different countries. They have permanent testing areas where wine experts help us choose the right wine for their customers’ needs and budget.
Seestrasse 160, 8002 Zürich
Baur au Lac Vins is another leader in the wine department. Same description as before applies to this one. Wide selection of wine from all over the world. Different price offering. Great service.
Börsenstrasse 27, 8001 Zürich
Girlfriend Guide Wine Tasting. “It’s Quiz night on May 27th! Test your wine knowledge, while enjoying a selection of summer wines and maybe even winning a prize at Steinfels La Maision du Vin.” Just have fun and don’t be intimidated by the Quiz! CHF35 will include the wine tasting, and a light Apero. Details included on Girlfriend Guide site.
Pfingstweidstrasse 6, 8005 Zürich
Allmendstrasse 20, 8002 Zürich
Featured image by www.chefsommelier.com
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